Fans of “Portlandia” have grown to love the show’s comedic take on the awesomely weird and wonderfully quirky Pacific Northwest city, yet the folks who run the real-life bookstore that doubles as one of the show’s locations are not happy with the show’s depictions. In fact, they have ended its six-season association with the Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein sketch show.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the real-life feminist bookstore that doubles for the show’s Women and Women First bookstore has issued a not-at-all-ambiguous statement on its website, declaring “F*** Portlandia.”
Staff at the actual store, In Other Words, reveals that several months ago the bookstore had “agreed to discontinue our relationship” with the show for a variety of reasons, chiefly that Armisen’s characterization of a feminist bookseller is “offensive.”
“Fred Armisen in a wig and a dress is a deeply s***ty joke whose sole punchline throws trans femmes under the bus,” reads the statement, which also gripes that “there are no black people” on the show… Portland is white, but it’s not that damn white.”
In addition, the statement claims that the last time the show filmed at the bookstore the place was left “a mess, our staff mistreated, our neighbours forced to close and lose business for a day without warning, and our repeated attempts to obtain accountability or resolution dismissed.”
The staff also accuses the show of “fueling mass displacement in Portland” and, more to the point, of sucking, accusing Armisen and Brownstein of being “straight up not funny.” Ouch!